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Read: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account

Every once in a while, I feel the need to read a rather serious book.  This happened to be one that I chose for no reason in particular, outside of the fact that I felt compelled to read it for some reason. I won’t lie and say that this is an easy book to read. I had to put it down several times for fear of throwing up whatever I had eaten earlier in the day.  I feel that it is nevertheless and important piece of writing.  

This book is by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Jew “saved” from the gas chambers, only to be assigned to the infamous Nazi “Angel of Death” – Dr. Josef Mengele. Once in Mengele’s service, Nyiszli is put in charge of many of Mengele’s sick and twisted human experiments.  One such experiment was recently brought to light in the article http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/dr-mengele-s-victim-why-one-auschwitz-survivor-avoided-doctors-for-65-years-a-666327.html

ImageIt truly is hard to comprehend the horrors that occurred at the concentration camps during the reign of the Nazis.  Reading this book, it took a while for me to wrap my head around the amount of blind, misguided hatred required to create monsters of this nature.  It was tough to understand how Nyiszli could live with himself after all the horrors that he had seen and been faced to perform.  But it is an interesting story of the struggle of the human nature to fight to live.  Nyiszli did what he needed to do to survive, and ensure the relative safety of his family.

After finishing this book, it is hard to understand that some folks out there are just as evil today.  While possibly not hell bent on genocide as Hitler and the Nazis, there are those still hell bent on destroying people.

It makes one appreciate the life that we live in a free country.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Read – Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

As you may know, I griped and groaned much after reading a few pages of this book.  It seems that you cannot pick up anything anymore without it pertaining to ghosts, vampires, werewolves or some other form of dumb sparkly creature.  I felt disappointed that one of my favorite subject, Ancient Egypt, was getting the same treatment.

How wrong was I.

Queen of Kings weaves a story of lies based on the true story of Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian, Caesar Augustus.  What I initially feared was a silly story of vampirism quickly turned into a story involving myth, legends, love, power… everything you could hope it would be.

After Cleopatra hears that Antony has killed himself, believing that she betrayed him with Rome, she makes a bargain with the ancient goddess Sekhmet: Antony’s life for her soul.  Her wish is granted, but with terrible consequences.  What ensues is a wild story involving witches, warlocks, Hades and Persephone, immortals and mortals locked in a battle brought on by Octavian’s need to control Egypt and Cleopatra.  Cleopatra’s love for Antony unleashes a monster that she struggles to control, and who frightens the young Roman emperor.

An amazing book, full of folklore, amazing imagery  – all told at a tremendous pace that makes the book impossible to put down once you start.  I am more than happy to eat crow on this one, and admit that I was wrong!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Read

 

Queen of Kings… oh, how I wronged thee

So for all two or three of you who follow me, I must say I was very, very wrong about this book, Queen of Kings.  Even though it involved vampirism… it is brought to light in a whole different manifestation – as the wronged goddess Sekhmet.  I am about halfway through the book now, but will post a review in the next day or two, as I do not believe it will take me too much longer to finish this one out!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Currently Reading

 

Short break

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to lately.  But now that fall appears to be setting in for the long haul, I will be snuggling up with my books more often.  I am deeply grateful to any who read my silly posts.  i have been able to help a couple friends find new books to read, and they genuinely seem to enjoy the selections I make for them.  It’s fun to match books with people.

I am still struggling with the Queen of Kings book.  I haven’t made it past that three page thresh hold since finding out it involves vampires.  I shall give it the old college try again.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Up Next – Queen of Kings

Ugh.  Three pages in and I find out this involves vampires.  Not my thing.  But I will read it anyways!

 
 

Read – The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada

This is a beautiful and haunting book.  The story opens in the 1990s with a concert featuring a beautifully crafted violin.  The story then traces the roots of how the instrument was crafted:  by a luthier in a concentration camp.  The violin owes it existence to a bet between to ruthless Nazi commanders of the camp.

This book is simple and that alone makes it hauntingly beautiful.  The last few chapters do seem to bounce around a bit, but it makes sense in the end.  Probably some of the most chilling parts of the book are the openings of the chapters, which feature actual Nazi documents from the concentration camps.  The disregard for human life is stomach churning, but adds an additional depth of emotion that makes this book that much more poignant.

Highly recommended.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Historical Fiction, Read

 

Testing something

Sorry for the post, I’m testing some settings!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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